Subinay Nandy assumed office as the UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka on May 5, 2011. He also serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator and as the Designated Official for Security.
With almost 20 years of experience with the United Nations, Prior to his appointment in Sri Lanka, Mr. Nandy served as the UNDP Country Director in China, where he played a leading role in driving UNDP’s contribution to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in China. As Country Director from 2007 to 2011, he was instrumental in developing a new strategic partnership between the Government of China and UNDP on global development issues and leading UNDP’s support to China following humanitarian disasters, including in the aftermath of the earthquake in Sichuan in 2008.
Previously, Mr. Nandy held the position of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Country Director a.i. in Vietnam. In recognition of his contribution to the development programme in Vietnam, he was awarded the President’s Friendship Award. Prior to this, Mr. Nandy served as Chief of the Regional Programme and Policy Division of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York and as the Deputy Resident Representative in Turkmenistan. He was also the Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh, with which he began his career in the UN serving as National Programme Officer.
A national of Bangladesh, Mr. Nandy holds a PhD in Economics from the Moscow Agricultural Academy and is fluent in English, Bangla and Russian. Mr. Nandy is the 18th Representative of the United Nations in Sri Lanka
Joern Soerensen joined UNDP Sri Lanka as the Country Director in August 2014. Prior to his appointment in Sri Lanka, Joern served as the Country Director in India from 2013 to 2014 and as the Deputy Country Director in Nepal from 2009 to 2013.
Prior to the tenures in South Asia, Joern has been attached to the UNDP Iraq programme since 2001. First as Assistant Programme Director in Kurdistan and later as Programme Advisor attached to the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York. In 2004, Joern moved to the Middle East to take up a position in the Iraq Country Office in Amman, Jordan, concluding his assignment with UNDP Iraq as Head of Strategic Planning & Partnering in 2009
Joern began his career at UNDP in 1994 when he joined UNDP Mongolia as a Programme Officer (JPO). In 1995, he was appointed Head of the Mongolian Environment Programme. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Regional Programme Manager for the Asia-Pacific Region at UNDP Headquarters in New York. Joern also served as the Assistant Resident Representative in North Korea from 1998 to 1999 and has held advisor positions in China for both UNDP and WFP from 1999-2000.
Joern Soerensen holds degrees in Management and Social Studies and a Master degree in International Development Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Lovita Ramguttee joined UNDP Sri Lanka as the Deputy Country Director (Programmes and Operations) in October 2013.
Lovita joined UNDP in 2005 under the LEAD Programme and held the position of Business Partnership Coordinator in the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) from 2005-2006. Following her tenure at RBEC, she worked for nearly two years as a UNDP liaison officer in Istanbul within the regional bloc Black Sea Economic Cooperation where she was also the Business Partnership Advisor for the UNDP implemented Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme. Lovita thereafter worked at UNDP country office level, as the Assistant Resident Representative in Moldova (2008-2011) and as Deputy Resident Representative in Montenegro (2011-2013) prior to joining the Sri Lanka country office.
Prior to joining UNDP, Lovita has been working in the private sector since 1999 as a Consultant in an International Consulting Firm (representing Arthur Andersen Worldwide in Africa with Headquarters in Mauritius, her home country) providing marketing and economic consulting services mainly in Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar.
Lovita studied Economics at the University of Cambridge (BA, MSc) and has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.